The revival begins with you…

The revival begins with you…

Looking for change? Looking for God’s hand? Looking for God’s provision? Looking for the world to change? Looking for the world to turn back to God? It begins in you! It begins with you! Do you have a small circle of friends who will join you in believing and praying for revival? Do they have a small circle of friends who will join them in believing and praying for revival? Do you want it enough that you will get on your knees and pray for it? This world needs God! This city, this state or province, this country, the entire world is in need of an encounter with God!

Will you stand in the gap? Will you let it start with you? Will you be the seed to get it started? Will you start it today?

Imagine being a foreigner and hearing someone prophecy over you Ezekiel 22:30-31. Imagine years later having stayed in this country and become a citizen. Will you still stand in the gap? Will you fill the gap that God has called you out from your old place, your comfort place, into a new place where you were able to hear from God and pursue Him and His plans and purposes for your life? Will you stand in the gap that God has asked you to?

Imagine being in a room and two other verses were prophesied over you. Imagine them being Psalm 90:17 and Lamentations 3:22-23. Will you take hold of them and allow God to shine in and through your life? Will you allow God’s love and promises to fill and overflow in and through your life?

Today’s verse of the day comes to us from 2 Corinthians 5:7 which says:

‘ For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance.’

2 Corinthians 5:7

So let’s walk out our lives overflowing with faith in order to overcome fear and doubt and anxiety. Let’s walk out our lives filled to overflowing with faith so that we won’t be swayed or misdirected by what we see or notice. Let’s allow our lives and our conduct be driven and regulated by our convictions and belief in God and our relationship with Him. Let’s allow our lives and our conduct be a living testimony of our trust and holy fervor for God!

Do you realize that we need a revival? Consider Psalm 85:6 where the psalmist realizes and confesses the need for revival. Do you realize how there is a multitude of people in need of God and a revival and so let us reflect on Ephesians 2:12. Do you realize how there is a need for revival in the church too – as we saw warnings through the book of Revelation – as there are many who are more interested in filling a building than sharing the Word and truth of God? We need a revival in our churches in order to restore a spiritual renewal, vitality, and power that can spread into the streets. But it all comes back to needing to start with us. We need to have a revival in our hearts first so that it can then start to spread into the world around us. Until we have the revival in us, we won’t have power to be effective in sharing our testimonies of God working in and through our lives.

Do you realize that we need a revival? Do you believe it is possible? Consider Psalm 85:1-3 and how the psalmist emphasizes this truth and reality. The psalmist reminds God of everything He had done and how He had sent revivals in the past and how we need Him to do it again! What would it take for you to admit and believe that a revival is possible in such a day and such a time as this? If you are not sure, why not reflect on some of God’s Word to encourage and speak life into your spirit? Let’s take a moment to reflect upon 2 Chronicles 7:14, Jeremiah 33:3, and Malachi 3:10.

Do you realize we need a revival? Do you realize the source of revival? Do you realize it needs to start with you as we learned in Psalm 85:6? Consider the words of Psalm 62:11 where we hear that God has the power, will we choose to be the catalyst and ask Him to use that power to start a revival? To start a revival first in us and then to overflowing into the lives of all those He has put around us? It isn’t something we can work up to but rather it is something that God pours out through His Spirit. We can’t try to do make it happen in our own strength or some cool new technique that man has come up with but rather we need to turn to the source who is God and ask for Him to start a revival in us and in the world around us. Rather than trying to do it through people or money or organizations or politicians, let’s turn to God and look to receive what only God is able to do! Don’t forget what we read in Psalm 62:5.

Do you realize we need a revival? Do you realize that the key is for us to humble ourselves and start praying for it? Not some written up prayer but a prayer of urgency, a prayer filled with passionate belief and need for God to step in, a prayer said believing that God will hear it and answer it, a prayer said with urgency because we can’t wait any longer for a revival to begin and for a transformation to take place in order to save us from ourselves and our own ways.

Do you realize we need a revival? Do you realize that we need to be ready to be conduits for God? Do you realize we need to clean out the pipes in order that He can flow through us in a powerful and mighty way? Do you realize that as channels for the Holy Spirit to work in and work through, we can’t be closed fisted or closed minded but open handed and open minded to hear from God and be obedient to His Word, His Spirit, and His promptings. We need to be ready and prepared to receive the full blessing and power God has for us to receive and deliver to the world around us. Let us not try to do it in our own strength but let’s reflect on God and His Word like that found in John 7:38-39.

Do you realize we need a revival? Do you remember above how I mentioned we need to clean out the pipes to ensure we are good conduits? Let’s search and ask God to search our hearts and minds to help us remove any obstacles that could block the flow of the Holy Spirit in and through us. Let’s look to remove any obstacles that would keep us from being of one mind with God! Let’s consider the importance to alignment and reflect on God’s Word from Amos 3:3. Let’s seek out any sin that could trip us up or block God’s plans and purposes from flowing through us. Let’s consider if there is any disobedience that is getting in the way of us being fully used by God. Will you fully surrender yourself to God?

Do you realize we need a revival? Do you realize we need the results that come from a revival? Have you ever considered the results expressed and explained in Psalms 85? To list a few:

We don’t need a revolution, we need a revival! Will you allow it start today in and with and through you?

With September in the rearview mirror how will you live out your today?
With September in the rearview mirror how will you live out your today? They say hindsight is 2020 – so what lessons will you learn from in order to make today be the beginning of something greater than yourself?

The 49 week challenge
Day 285

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 285 link to join me and sign up. It is never too late.

The 49 week challenge has 6 days in which to notice a promise to trust, a command to obey, a truth to embrace, a warning to heed, or an encouragement to rest in and 1 day to reflect on what you’re learning and to share it with others, to think back over the week’s readings, to see connections between the various passages of the week. Each day we have time to talk to God and contemplate what is being said through His Word, and even more so on the 7th day.

How interested are you in what will happen today? How interested are you in what will be required of you today? How interested are you in what decisions you will need to make today? How interested are you in hearing from God today? How interested are you in accomplishing what God is calling you to do today? What if it were life and death decision? What if it were everlasting life and everlasting death decision? What if the decision that you make today will determine how you will spend the rest of eternity? Would it make a difference?

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Today’s reading from GOD’S WORD – THE BIBLE comes to us from:

My Notes:

  • Hebrews 9:6-28
    • ‘When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order. But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.’
      Hebrews 9:6-28
  • Exodus 24
    • ‘Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord , you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance, but Moses alone is to approach the Lord ; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.” When Moses went and told the people all the Lord ’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” Moses then wrote down everything the Lord had said. He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the Lord . Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he splashed against the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.” Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank. The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.” Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.” When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.’
      Exodus 24:1-18
  • Leviticus 17
    • ‘The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites and say to them: ‘This is what the Lord has commanded: Any Israelite who sacrifices an ox, a lamb or a goat in the camp or outside of it instead of bringing it to the entrance to the tent of meeting to present it as an offering to the Lord in front of the tabernacle of the Lord —that person shall be considered guilty of bloodshed; they have shed blood and must be cut off from their people. This is so the Israelites will bring to the Lord the sacrifices they are now making in the open fields. They must bring them to the priest, that is, to the Lord , at the entrance to the tent of meeting and sacrifice them as fellowship offerings. The priest is to splash the blood against the altar of the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting and burn the fat as an aroma pleasing to the Lord . They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idols to whom they prostitute themselves. This is to be a lasting ordinance for them and for the generations to come.’ “Say to them: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice and does not bring it to the entrance to the tent of meeting to sacrifice it to the Lord must be cut off from the people of Israel. “ ‘I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood, and I will cut them off from the people. For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. Therefore I say to the Israelites, “None of you may eat blood, nor may any foreigner residing among you eat blood.” “ ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth, because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off.” “ ‘Anyone, whether native-born or foreigner, who eats anything found dead or torn by wild animals must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be ceremonially unclean till evening; then they will be clean. But if they do not wash their clothes and bathe themselves, they will be held responsible.’ ”’
      Leviticus 17:1-16
  • Numbers 19
    • ‘The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: “This is a requirement of the law that the Lord has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish and that has never been under a yoke. Give it to Eleazar the priest; it is to be taken outside the camp and slaughtered in his presence. Then Eleazar the priest is to take some of its blood on his finger and sprinkle it seven times toward the front of the tent of meeting. While he watches, the heifer is to be burned—its hide, flesh, blood and intestines. The priest is to take some cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet wool and throw them onto the burning heifer. After that, the priest must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water. He may then come into the camp, but he will be ceremonially unclean till evening. The man who burns it must also wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he too will be unclean till evening. “A man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and put them in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp. They are to be kept by the Israelite community for use in the water of cleansing; it is for purification from sin. The man who gathers up the ashes of the heifer must also wash his clothes, and he too will be unclean till evening. This will be a lasting ordinance both for the Israelites and for the foreigners residing among them. “Whoever touches a human corpse will be unclean for seven days. They must purify themselves with the water on the third day and on the seventh day; then they will be clean. But if they do not purify themselves on the third and seventh days, they will not be clean. If they fail to purify themselves after touching a human corpse, they defile the Lord ’s tabernacle. They must be cut off from Israel. Because the water of cleansing has not been sprinkled on them, they are unclean; their uncleanness remains on them. “This is the law that applies when a person dies in a tent: Anyone who enters the tent and anyone who is in it will be unclean for seven days, and every open container without a lid fastened on it will be unclean. “Anyone out in the open who touches someone who has been killed with a sword or someone who has died a natural death, or anyone who touches a human bone or a grave, will be unclean for seven days. “For the unclean person, put some ashes from the burned purification offering into a jar and pour fresh water over them. Then a man who is ceremonially clean is to take some hyssop, dip it in the water and sprinkle the tent and all the furnishings and the people who were there. He must also sprinkle anyone who has touched a human bone or a grave or anyone who has been killed or anyone who has died a natural death. The man who is clean is to sprinkle those who are unclean on the third and seventh days, and on the seventh day he is to purify them. Those who are being cleansed must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and that evening they will be clean. But if those who are unclean do not purify themselves, they must be cut off from the community, because they have defiled the sanctuary of the Lord . The water of cleansing has not been sprinkled on them, and they are unclean. This is a lasting ordinance for them. “The man who sprinkles the water of cleansing must also wash his clothes, and anyone who touches the water of cleansing will be unclean till evening. Anything that an unclean person touches becomes unclean, and anyone who touches it becomes unclean till evening.”’
      Numbers 19:1-22

As day 285 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The Sinner’s Prayer

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